| April 18, 2023

How to Plan an Epic Helicopter Elopement

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Private helicopter elopement

Imagine getting a private helicopter rental on your wedding day and flying along the Amalfi Coast in Italy—or landing on a glacier in New Zealand—or getting to see the rugged inaccessible parts of the Hawaiian Islands. A wedding where you’re stepping out of a helicopter to exchange private vows on a secluded mountain top, bundling up to say ‘I do’ amongst glaciers, and taking in some once in a lifetime views. That could be you on your elopement day!

No, seriously! Planning an adventurous helicopter elopement is easier than you know!

You may think of a helicopter ride as a luxury experience with a luxury price tag, but what if we told you that it’s a wildly accessible way to go on an epic adventure during your elopement? We’re going to talk all about why you should consider taking in some amazing views and exploring untouched locations via a helicopter on your wedding day, how to plan, places to visit, and showing your real life couples that lived this dream! 

Should I get a helicopter for my elopement?


Incredible views & a private experience

Duh! That’s the whole point right!? Take in some of the most incredible sights and explore new places all while hand in hand with the love of your life. Sounds like a dream, right? With a helicopter ride you’re looking at having an extra special and intimate experience. 

Access remote locations

There are some areas that roads and trails simply can’t take you—insert heli rides! Whether you want to visit a volcano or a glacier or you simply want to be fully immersed in a beautiful hidden destination—there are countless possibilities. 

No hiking required

This is a great way to experience and explore untouched backcountry without having to hike to it! No backpacks, elevation gain, or strenuous physical exertion. This is also an awesome option if you have any physical limitations that would otherwise prevent you from exploring a location off the beaten path.

See more in less time 

Due to the logistics of driving to different locations and hiking, couples often have to sacrifice seeing different places or incorporating other activities into their elopement, but with helicopter rides you can see more and free up time!

Elope via Helicopter

Helicopter Elopement



Having shot elopements all around the world we can’t help but imagine what it would be like to see a beautiful destination from a bird’s-eye view and be able to land in secluded areas to explore—however the reality is that’s not possible everywhere as much as we wish it was! There is limited accessibility due to environmental factors such as weather, FAA regulations, and protected wildlife areas. 

Don’t be discouraged though! If you’re eloping with us we’ll do some digging to get you answers and, if it is possible, we’ll help you find a reputable company!


Understandably, budgeting goes into planning an elopement of any kind and this is an extra cost at the end of the day. But despite a heli ride sounding like a luxury experience, it doesn’t come at a luxury price!  The average price range for a helicopter tour is anywhere from $250-$600—considering all the pros it’s a no brainer if it’s something that you’d love to incorporate into your day and have been considering!

How to Plan a Helicopter Elopement in 4 Steps

Alaska Helicopter Elopement

1st: Find a Location

First things first, we have to figure out where you’re headed! Have you chosen your location already? If yes, then learn more about the area and what you can see/visit via helicopter. Google will be your best friend for this (or we will be if you’re eloping with us!). If no, then time to explore your imagination! Here are some of the best places in the world to elope!

If no, determine what you’re looking for… glaciers? waterfalls? somewhere super remote?

2nd: Research helicopter companies

It is wildly important to find a reputable company and pilot for your safety. Make sure that you’re looking into licensing and reading everything review available. Next, be sure that you can actually land at the location you’re wanting to see. There are so many locations you can enjoy from the air, but landing is prohibited. 

3rd: Coordinate with your elopement photographer

In order to document this part of your adventure you’ll need to coordinate with your elopement photographer, double check permit requirements, and build it into your timeline. Be sure to confirm how long you have the helicopter for, how long you’ll have at each location, and the amount of time it will take to get to/from the airport. All of that will factor into your wedding day timeline!

Trust us, mapping out a manageable and fun timeline will be the key to having an extraordinary elopement where you can enjoy every aspect of the day without feeling rushed.

4th: Book and get ready for the ride of your life

After you have your permits and timeline confirmed it’s time to get you booked! Then, all that’s left to show up in your sweet wedding digs and have a once in a lifetime experience with your forever best friend! Seems almost too easy, right?

The Most Jaw-Dropping Helicopter Elopement Locations

Greece Helicopter Elopement

Alaskan Glacier Helicopter Elopement

Alaska Helicopter Elopement


Chartering a private helicopter in Alaska is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will take you to some of the most remote and stunning locations on earth. As you fly over the vast and rugged landscape, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of towering mountains, ancient glaciers, and pristine wilderness. Whether you’re exploring the remote wilderness of Denali National Park or flying over the stunning Kenai Fjords, a helicopter elopement is the ultimate way to experience the raw beauty of Alaska.


Witness Hawaii’s incredible beauty from a whole new perspective. As you soar above the turquoise waters and lush green landscapes, you’ll be treated to stunning views of hidden waterfalls, towering volcanoes, and pristine beaches. Whether you’re exploring the rugged terrain of Kauai or the vibrant cityscape of Honolulu, a private helicopter tour is the ultimate way to take in all that Hawaii has to offer.


Iceland’s dramatic landscapes are a sight to behold, and there’s no better way to experience them than from the air. As you take off in your private helicopter, you’ll be surrounded by towering glaciers, shimmering lakes, and bubbling geysers. From the stunning black sand beaches of Vik to the otherworldly landscapes of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, eloping via helicopter in Iceland is an adventure you’ll never forget.

New Zealand

Chartering a private helicopter in New Zealand is a bucket-list experience that will take you to some of the most remote and breathtaking places on earth. As you fly over the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, you’ll be treated to views of crystal-clear lakes, rugged coastlines, and rolling green hills. Whether you’re exploring the Fiordland National Park or flying over the stunning Huka Falls, a private helicopter tour is the perfect way to experience the magic of New Zealand.

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders, and there’s no better way to experience it than from the air. As you soar above the canyon’s towering walls, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Colorado River, ancient rock formations, and sprawling forests. Whether you’re looking to catch a glimpse of the canyon’s stunning sunsets or explore its hidden corners, a private helicopter tour is the ultimate way to experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon.

The Himalayas (from Kathmandu, Nepal)

Chartering a private helicopter in Kathmandu, Nepal is the ultimate way to experience the towering majesty of the Himalayas. As you fly over the world’s highest peaks, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, lush valleys, and ancient monasteries. Whether you’re exploring the foothills of Mount Everest or flying over the stunning Annapurna Range, this helicopter elopement is unlike other elopements.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Calling all ocean lovers! As you take off in your private helicopter above the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll be treated to stunning views of crystal-clear waters, colorful coral reefs, and thriving marine life. Whether you’re looking to explore the reef’s hidden coves or spot pods of whales and dolphins, a private helicopter tour is the ultimate way to experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef.

Amalfi Coast

Chartering a private helicopter on the Amalfi Coast is an unforgettable experience that will take you to some of the most beautiful places in Italy. As you fly over the rugged coastline and sparkling blue waters, you’ll be treated to views of charming fishing villages, lush vineyards, and ancient ruins. Whether you’re exploring the historic town of Pompeii or flying over the stunning Isle of Capri, you can’t beat a romantic helicopter elopement above along the Amalfi Coast! 

Ready for take off?

If you’re ready for the adventure of a lifetime, contact us today to talk more about your helicopter elopement.

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